Blount County freshman arrested, charged with assault

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A freshman at William Blount High School in Maryville was arrested Thursday after the sheriff said he assaulted two students. 

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office said the male student is charged as a juvenile for simple assault and aggravated assault. A school resource officer began investigating after she was told Thursday that the boy choked a student on March 9 and assaulted another student Wednesday. A video of one of the assaults was posted to social media, prompting the investigation. 

One of the victims told deputies he was afraid to report the assault because of retaliation by his assailant. Sheriff James Lee Berrong asks that individuals report incidents immediately so deputies can investigate and take care of the situation.

The boy was taken to the Blount County Juvenile Detention Center. 

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